For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ACES preview

ACES symposium displays student research

More than 250 students will show their research and creativity at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Poster presentations will be in the Bluebonnet Ballroom, and oral presentations are throughout the UC. An awards presentation is at 5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom.

Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. The approved abstracts are then turned into oral presentations or posters to be presented at the symposium.

Past winners have presented research on gene therapy, business relations, military recruiting, pain control, better tools for builders, history, philosophy, biochemistry, and engineering. ACES is an interdisciplinary event in which any student from any program can participate.

Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg next for Maverick Speakers Series

Award-winning National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg will speak on "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Texas Hall. Her appearance is the last event for the 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series.

An NPR reporter since 1975, Totenberg provides regular reports for the station’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She also appears regularly on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public affairs television program.

She has earned numerous honors throughout her career, including a Peabody Award for NPR and many other awards for excellence in journalism and investigative reporting.

General admission tickets are free but required. The premium seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at and the College Park Center box office.

The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.


Makerspace planned for Central Library

The UT Arlington Libraries plan to significantly expand creative services, spaces, and technologies in fall 2015 when a 24-hour laboratory for Creation, eXploration and Innovation, or CXI Space, will launch in the Central Library.

The CXI Space will be a “makerspace” built upon the expertise of faculty, alumni, and industry leaders. Makerspaces bring together people in a technology-rich area to create, test ideas, and innovate.

“This is a natural extension of our mission, and an opportunity to serve an emerging need of our students and faculty,” says Rebecca Bichel, dean of the UT Arlington Libraries. “The CXI Space will provide students with a competitive advantage in the job market by extending classroom learning.”

Faculty and students will have round-the-clock access to technologies, such as 3-D printers and scanners, and laser cutters. There also will be simulation and digital media software and hardware, and robotics in a hands-on laboratory for practical application of the theoretical design concepts learned in the classroom.

Read more about the UTA Libraries' CXI Space.

Filings for spring student elections end Thursday

Become a candidate for the spring campus elections. Open positions include Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives.

For applications, visit the Student Organizations office in Suite B120 in the University Center. The deadline to file is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 27.

  MavPic Pizza with Prez March 2014

Pizza with the Prez

President Vistasp Karbhari shared lunch and conversation with students at Pizza with the President last Wednesday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Big Event registration ends today

Sign up for the Big Event, UTA's annual day of community service, by choosing your volunteer event online. Faculty, staff, and students can participate as individuals or as a group, a new option this year. Groups must have 10-20 people.

Apply to volunteer by today, Tuesday, March 25. The Big Event is Saturday, April 12.

MyMav maintenance starts Friday

The MyMav portal will be unavailable to users from 6 p.m. Friday, March 28, to noon Sunday, March 30.

Compete in Spirit Week contests

Celebrate the Maverick moxie with fun and games during Spirit Week, March 24-28.

Exchange your old school attire for a UTA T-shirt at MavSwap. Grab a bite at a tailgate at the Maverick baseball game against Baylor. Test your college knowledge at a UTA trivia competition between student organizations.

Students who sign in at each event can earn points for their student organization and win prizes. See more details at the website for the UTA Ambassadors, who sponsor the fun.

Student organizations interested in competing in the trivia contest should email Jennifer Fox.

MavTube Sanjay GuptaVideo Extra

Be prepared

Sanjay Gupta told audience members at last Tuesday night's Maverick Speakers Series event to expect the unexpected in life, just as he had to do when becoming a doctor and a reporter. The Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN spoke about medicine and the media at College Park Center. Watch the video.


ART/UTA Studio event, auction added to annual glass art sale

The UTA world-class glass art show and sale has expanded with a premium preview event Thursday, April 3, featuring works from virtually every medium and extended public sale hours Friday, April 4.

ART/UTA 2014 Studio Event and Art Auction on Thursday features silent and live auctions of faculty and student works in photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking in addition to glass. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Studio Arts Center with studio demonstrations in painting, sculpture, and glassblowing, and artists' discussions about their creative processes. The live auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Thursday event are $100 per person. Proceeds benefit the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Art and Art History. For more information, email or call 817-272-5300.

Thursday’s event will include works by many distinguished faculty members, including drawings by Stephen Lapthisophon, paintings by Sedrick Huckaby, photography by Kenda North, and sculpture by Darryl Lauster.

The traditional public glass art sale is set for 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 4, also at the Studio Arts Center.

Grad Finale, Clearance Week at UTA Bookstore

Find everything you need for spring Commencement at the Grad Finale through Thursday, March 27, at the UT Arlington Bookstore. Grad Finale hours are 3-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. 

Clearance Week offers 25 percent off winter wear and select Under Armor items and other bargains through Friday, March 28.

Provide feedback in student survey

Freshmen and seniors are encouraged to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement that was sent via email. For questions, contact Student Affairs at 817-272-6030.

  MavPic Focus on Faculty-Rick Lynch

Tech answers

Rick Lynch, top, answered questions about robotics after demonstrations of drones, robots, and other robotic items Wednesday at the Central Library. About 25 junior high students attended the Focus on Faculty lecture by Lynch, executive director of the UTA Research Institute.

Applications accepted for First-Year Experience Peer Leaders

The Division of Student Affairs is recruiting involved student leaders to serve as Peer Leaders for the new First-Year Experience course for the fall 2014 semester.

The FYE course is required for all first-time, full-time freshmen. The course orients students to life on campus and assists in the transition to college. Peer Leaders assist with class activities and discussion, serve as a resource to the students in the class, share their love for UT Arlington, and encourage students’ campus involvement and engagement.

Peer Leaders will receive $500 in compensation in fall 2014. Visit the First-Year Experience website, and view the Peer Leader Information page. Applications are due Sunday, March 30.

Goolsby Leadership Academy seeks applications

The Goolsby Leadership Academy in the College of Business is accepting applications for its next class.

Goolsby Scholars engage with executives in the classroom and the real world through internships, exploratory study, and special projects. Distinguished faculty collaborate with the scholars in an applied learning environment, enhancing the academic experience of discovery.

Business students can apply online.

AISD benefit April 11 at Six Flags

Enjoy an evening at Six Flags Over Texas with discount tickets that help Arlington schools. The theme park hosts Education Celebration 6-11 p.m. Friday, April 11, benefiting AISD.

Tickets are only $20 plus tax. Advanced tickets are limited. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Special discounted parking is $10 per car at the gate.

With each ticket, $5 goes directly to the school of your choice. See the gift codes on the website. Use the code UTA to donate to the AISD Education Foundation.

Check List


Friday, March 28

Last day to drop classes

Grade exclusion and forgiveness sites close for spring submissions at 5 p.m.

Monday, April 7

Registration begins for summer and fall terms

Think before you drop

The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Friday, March 28. A grade of W will appear on your transcript. Undergraduate students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. Discuss the impact of this when you meet with your adviser about dropping a course. Read more about this state law. A list of academic advising offices is online.

Check on the impact of dropping if you receive financial aid by going to or emailing

Grade exclusion, forgiveness request sites close March 28

UT Arlington will process grade exclusion and forgiveness requests submitted by 5 p.m. on the last day to drop—Friday, March 28—as part of the grading and academic standing process for the spring 2014 term.

Submissions to the grade exclusion site will next be available June 2, when the site reopens for submissions on the first day of classes for the summer I session. It will then be available through the last drop date for the summer II session

Grade forgiveness requests must be made through your academic adviser. A list of academic advising offices is online.

For a grade to be excluded or forgiven, students must be registered on the Census Date for the term in which their request is processed.

Registration begins for summer and fall 2014

Priority registration opens for summer and fall terms Monday, April 7. Advising is already available in your academic department.

Check for your appointment time on the registration timetable, which is available in your MyMav Student Center, along with information on whether you need to see an academic adviser before you’re eligible to register. A list of academic advising offices is online.

The schedule of classes is not final. Plan to validate your course selections when registration opens.

Tickets required to attend Commencement ceremonies

Graduates participating in Commencement and their guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Children age 2 and younger do not need a ticket.

Look for instructions on claiming tickets in your UTA email accounts Friday, April 11. Visit the Commencement website for details on ticket quantities and availability.

Commencement ceremonies are Friday-Sunday, May 9-11, in College Park Center.

Going Out

Tuesday, March 25

Baseball Mavericks vs. Baylor. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, vs. TCU, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1Athletics.

CJ Toledano

Violin Studio Recital Violin students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Spotlight Entertainment Series Comedian C.J. Toledano, right, has written for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, and Second City. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Extraordinary Talent Open Mic Night Students and student groups perform song, dance, poetry, monologues, and more. Register by noon today. Free. 7 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Women’s History Month.

Thursday, March 27

Writers Speaker Series Guest speaker Kyle Minor is the author of two collections of short fiction, In the Devil’s Territory (2008) and Praying Drunk (2014). A book signing follows. Free. 7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. English.

Saturday, March 29

Wind Symphony Concert Doug Stotter, director of bands, conducts the UTA Wind Symphony featuring the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse. Tickets $6 students/seniors, $9 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Softball Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky. Free. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30Athletics.

Tuesday, April 1

Mavs Got Talent: Blazin' Your Creativity Performances by 10 acts selected from live auditions. Emcee is comic and writer Nick Guerra. Free. 7:30 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

String Faculty Chamber Recital String faculty perform in chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Tail Waggin' Wednesday Paws with Partners brings a lovable collection of registered therapy dogs for unconditional love for students, faculty, and staff. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

'The Vagina Monologues' With humor and grace, this program celebrates women's sexuality and strength. Tickets cash only. $5 with UTA ID, $10 general public. Proceeds benefit Women’s Center of Tarrant County and V-Day. 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, Room 204, Architecture Building. Also, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Women’s History Month.

International Week Soccer Tournament Watch the different student organizations from countries around the world compete. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, indoor soccer field, Maverick Activities Center. International Week.


Portrait of a Child's Silent Scream by EJ Ewunes

The Gallery at UTA: Alice Leora Briggs /James Sullivan Works by Alice Leora Briggs and James Sullivan. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 29. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.

MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. Right, Portrait of a Child's Silent Scream by E.H. Ewunes. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for GoodExoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360Planetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Learn More


Tuesday, March 25

The Publishing Rollercoaster: Writers Sound Off Expand your knowledge of professional publishing from concept through research, submission, revision, and publication. This webcast is perfect for those hoping to get published for the first time or to improve their skills. Free. 1-2:30 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

OxFam Hunger Banquet

Oxfam Hunger Banquet Attendees will learn about global poverty through a unique dinner. Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations in more than 90 countries focused on ending poverty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 228, Engineering Research Building. UTA Volunteers.

Word for Dissertations and Theses Learn advanced features in Word that will make meeting the dissertation and thesis formatting requirements a less arduous process. Register online. Free. 6-8 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. Graduate Studies.

Wednesday, March 26

Maverick Major Fair More than 20 department advisers and representatives are available to discuss degree options, requirements, and opportunities. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. University Advising Center.

MAVS Talk Depression Learn about the effects of depression and ways to cope with it. Register online. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Thursday, March 27

Study Abroad Info Sessions Learn about study abroad options, scholarships, and more. Free. Info Booth 11 a.m.-2 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center; info session 2-3 p.m., Blanco Room, University Center. Study Abroad Program.

MAVS Talk Stress Learn techniques to manage stress. Register online. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Biology Colloquium Series Jim McGuire of the University of California at Berkeley is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

War on Poverty

The War on Poverty: Inequality in Texas A panel discussion on poverty moderated by Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work. Guests are Michael Gaenza, CEO of Metro Dallas Homeless; Miriam Nisenbaum, executive director of NASW/TX; Cathy Hirt, political and policy consultant; and Annette Deatherage, MSW student. Free. 5:30-8 p.m., auditorium, Social Work A. Social Work.

Friday, March 28

Major Exploration Free. Noon, Room 104, Preston Hall. University CollegeSuccess Series.

Monday, March 31

Disability Studies Minor Info Session Interested in learning more about UTA's new disability studies minor? Meet faculty and students in this new program. Free lunch. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 25, University Hall. Disability Studies.

Wednesday, April 2

Pizza with President Have lunch with UTA President Vistasp Karbhari while he shares campus news and answer questions. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Austin Unbound

Success Series: Managing the Stress of the First Year Learn how to manage stressors that may occur during your first year at UTA. Free. Noon, Room 104, Preston Hall. University CollegeSuccess Series.

Documentary Film: 'Austin Unbound' The story of a deaf, transgender man who identifies as being straight. Captioned and ASL interpreted. Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Disability Studies, LGBTQA Program.

Coming up

GIS Workshop: Pollutant Sources in Your Watershed Use geographic information systems hydrology tools to measure the watershed around your home and determine which facilities report various toxins and pollutants within this watershed. Free. 3 p.m. Thursday, April 3, Room 315A, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, professor of physics at West Virginia University, will discuss why races can’t be won without getting the math and science right. Free. Thursday, April 3; reception 5 p.m., Room 501; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Biology Colloquium Series Gary Stacey of the University of Missouri speaks on “Chitin Signaling in Plants: A Comparison of the Role of Chitooligosaccharides in Plant Symbiotic and Pathogen Associations.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Rape Aggression Defense For female faculty, staff, and students, the RAD program teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.


Center for Students in Recovery Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step program, 7 p.m. Mondays, Room 107, Social Work Building B. Mavericks Group AA Meeting, noon Wednesdays, Room 314, Central Library. Center for Students in Recovery Student Group is a non-12-step social meeting. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for Students in Recovery.

Career Development Center Job search assistance, including resume reviews and interview and networking tips; employer events, such as information sessions and on-campus interviews; and career development assistance are provided. Upcoming events are on the website. Call 817-272-2932 for an appointment. Career Development Center.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Sports Notes
  Roland Sales and Omar Barnes

High-flying Mavs: Roland Sales, top, and Omar Barnes started the outdoor track and field season with wins at the TCU Invitational last week. The athletes are shown at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, which the Mavericks won.

Athletes begin outdoor track season with victories

The outdoor track and field season began with individual wins at Friday's TCU Invitational.

First-place victories were earned by Roland Sales in the high jump, Omar Barnes in the triple jump, Craig Lautenslager in the 1500 meters, and Ryan Tilotta in the 3000 meters.

Second places went to Sheldon Moss in the 400 meters and Brandon Waller in the long jump. Third place winners were Renan Palma in the 110-meter hurdles and Tobi Fawehinmi in the long jump.

For the women, newcomer Noemie Forget placed second in the pole vault, and Tamerah Gorham was runner up in the 800 meters. Third place went to Tori Carter in the high jump, Ashly Wright in the 1500 meters, and DeOna Stafford in the 100-meter hurdles.

Select Mavericks will compete at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays set for Wednesday-Saturday, March 26-29, in Austin. The Mavericks also will participate in the three-day Bobcat Invitational starting Thursday, March 27, in San Marcos.

Sports shorts

  • The men's tennis team lost 4-1 to Wichita State on Monday, and plays in the Middle Tennessee Shootout on Friday-Sunday, March 28-30, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The season wraps up against SMU on Wednesday, April 9, in Dallas. The Sun Belt Conference tournament is Thursday, April 17, in New Orleans.

  • On the road, the women's tennis team won 4-0 over Cal Poly and 4-2 over Sacramento State, but fell 4-0 to Fresno State and San Jose State. The Mavericks face SMU at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the UTA Tennis Center, then play Tulsa Friday, March 28, in Oklahoma and North Texas Wednesday, April 2, in Denton.

  • The softball team hosts its first Sun Belt Conference series with weekend action against Western Kentucky. A doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, with a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30. The Mavericks are 14-18 and 0-3 in league action after a three-game series loss to South Alabama last weekend in Mobile.

  • The baseball team completes a six-game homestand today, Tuesday, March 25, when it hosts Baylor at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavs won their first Sun Belt Conference game 6-2 over Arkansas State on Saturday. Last week, the team won 7-6 over Sam Houston State and 8-4 over Columbia, but lost 5-1 and 14-10 to Arkansas State. The Mavericks are 8-16 overall and 1-5 in league action.

  • The men's golf team is playing today, Tuesday, March 25, in the Lone Star Invitational hosted by UT San Antonio. The 15-team event began Monday at Briggs Ranch Golf Club. The Mavericks finished 16th in the Border Olympics in Laredo.

March Madness video tourney, NCAA Sweet 16 entries due this week

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include March Madness video game tournament, Tuesday, March 25; and NCAA Sweet 16 Bracket Challenge, Thursday, March 27.

Intramural bowling league will be played at Spare Time Lanes in Arlington. Teams of three will bowl at 5:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost is $30/team per week.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 817-272-3277 or email

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